Solange Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart with ‘A Seat at the Table’, Makes History

Solange is sitting right at the top of the charts with her appropriately titled, A Seat at the Table.  Giving the singer/songwriter her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, after selling 72,000 equivalent album units and 46,000 traditional to beat out Bon Iver’s 22, A Million, which had originally been predicted to top the list.

Streaming really helped Solange achieve this feat with 24,000 streaming equivalent album units compared to only 12,000 streaming equivalent album units for Bon Iver and this maybe only just the start for Knowles.  As physical versions of the album are scheduled to arrive on Nov. 18th.

This is a major career win for Solange too, who prior to this had only one of her albums even in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart.  With her sophomore album, Sol-Angel & The Hadley St. Dreams, achieving that feat by peaking at No. 9 in 2008 on the Sept. 13, 2008 list, while her first official debut on the Billboard 200 chart was the Feb. 8, 2003-dated list for her debut album, Solo Star, which debuted and peaked at No. 49 that same week.  Later on 2012’s True album from Solange would peak at No. 157.

The album is history for the Billboard 200 charts too.  As Solange and her sister Beyoncé (who has six previous No. 1s on this chart, including this year’s LEMONADE) become the first ever sisters to have No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200, while also being among only a select pairs of solo siblings to have scored No. 1s.  Joining Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, as well as Master P and his brother Silkk the Shocker.

Solange and Beyoncé also notably are the only siblings besides Michael and Janet to both earn No. 1s in the same calendar year, just as the Jacksons did in 2001 with Invincible and All For You.

Elsewhere on the charts much of the top 10 stays with the same names, except for Red Hot Chili Peppers with The Getaway moving back into the top 10, after rising from No. 24 all the way to No. 5 with 33,000 units (up 112 percent).  Sales of the album bundled with tickets to the band’s upcoming concert tour being a huge reason for the likely soar, as the album sold 31,000 copies during the tracking week, which is up 133 percent.  Van Morrison also entered the charts at No.9 with the arrival of his latest album, Keep Me Singing, moving 25,000 units to give him his third top 10 album of his career and his highest charting album ever.

The rest of the top 10 can be seen below.

Billboard 200 Top 10

1. Solange – A Seat at the Table – 72,000
2. Bon Iver – 22 – 71,000
3. Drake – Views – 47,000
4. Suicide Squad: The Album – 38,000
5. Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Getaway – 33,000
6. Shawn Mendes – Illuminate – 29,000
7. Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman – 27,000
8. Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface – 25,000
9. Van Morrison – Keep Me Singing – 25,000
10. Travis Scott – Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight – 24,000